User: megjones
Date: 11/10/2009 9:59 am
Views: 4806
Rating: 0    Rate [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques.

The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat; typically at speeds of 18–24 miles per hour depending on the water conditions, board size, rider's weight, and rider's comfort speed. But wakeboarding can also be performed with a variety of media including closed-course cables, winches, PWCs, and ATVs.

Boards are buoyant with the core usually made up of foam or honeycomb mixed with resin and coated with fiberglass. Metal screws are inserted to attach bindings and fins. The most popular wakeboards are Ronix, CWB, O'brien Hyperlite, and Liquidforce.

The configuration and positioning of the fins and bindings varies according to rider preference and is adjusted for a variety of reasons. A wakeboarder will change the type of fins they use for different types of tricks. For example, shallow fins (which do not protrude into the water very far) are better for surface tricks, such as flat spins. Many newer board models contain small molded fins on the board which allows the rider to use smaller center fins and also to create less drag.

Board hardware is often set up to allow a rider to ride "Switch" or Fakie, with either foot forward. Such setups are usually symmetrical in layout. New riders normally set up their boards to be comfortable to ride with their "natural" foot forward, which does not allow for riding Switch without modifications.

For best results and easy wakeboarding , this sport is normally done in lakes, though the intercoastal waterways are also becoming popular.

Also see: Custom term papers/wakeboarding for more info.

© 2003-2018 Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park & Freestyle Ski Area
Page Updated: November 10, 2009

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park
19-265 Western Ave
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-836-7243 Tel
Raging Buffalo Wakeboard School
614 Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013
847-836-7243 Tel